Family historians unable to break down brick walls due to illegitimacy in their tree could benefit from two new online resources. Genealogy website
has added indexes containing details of paternity cases heard at the Sheriff Courts in Hamilton and Paisley, spanning 1845-1915 and 1830-1833 respectively. Transcribed from documents held at the National Records of Scotland, the records name men that were believed to have fathered ‘bastard’ offspring and were taken to court to ensure they provided financial support.
The site now provides access to
11,723 Scottish paternity records